Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is monitoring Fulham's in-form United States striker Clint Dempsey, 29, who has a year left on his contract at Craven Cottage.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

French starlet Paul Pogba, 19, is no closer to signing a new contract with Manchester United with his agent Mino Raiola reportedly lining up a move to Juventus.

Full story: The Times (subscription) 

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli joined Manchester City from Inter Milan in 2010

Inter Milan and AC Milan lead the chase to take Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli back to Italy with the pair ready to launch £20m bids.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Robin van Persie is planning to snub a £200,000 a week offer from Manchester City and stay with Arsenal.

Full story: The Times (subscription) 

AC Milan's Italian striker Stephan El Shaarawy, 19, is wanted by Arsenal and could leave on loan next season.

Full story: Metro 

Swansea are closing on a £6m move for Ivorian striker Lacina Traore, 21. The forward, who has been compared to Emmanuel Adebayor and was previously tracked by Arsenal, is desperate to leave Russian club Kuban Krasnodar.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Real Madrid want Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, 28, after the Serbian's outstanding campaign.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Celtic are interested in Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon. The 29-year-old Scotland international is out of contract in the summer.

Full story: The Sun 

OTHER GOSSIP

The Football Association is under fire after Mario Balotelli escaped a retrospective ban for his studs-up tackle on Alex Song in Manchester City's defeat at Arsenal on Sunday. The FA upheld the red card decision on QPR's Shaun Derry who appeared to be harshly sent off against Manchester United.

Full story: The Guardian 

Frank Lampard reckons Chelsea lack the killer instinct after a 1-1 draw against Fulham hampered their hopes of a Champions League slot.

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes scored his third goal of the season against QPR

Full story: The Sun 

Anthony Pilkington says Norwich are now gunning for Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool after the promoted East Anglians beat Champions League-chasing Tottenham on Monday.

Full story: Norwich Evening News 

Faltering Tottenham have called a team meeting to try to save their season ahead of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea.

Full story: Daily Express 

Michael Carrick has hailed the contribution of Paul Scholes to Manchester United's title charge after the veteran midfielder decided to come out of retirement.

Full story: Manchester Evening News 

West Brom have slashed season ticket prices across the board by £50 for next season to try to entice new support to the Hawthorns.

Full Story: Birmingham Evening Mail 

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, 23, will be fitted with a special heart device to aid his attempts to return to football.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Manager Roberto Mancini is refusing to give up on Manchester City's title chances despite them trailing United by eight points.

Full story: Guardian 

Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou believes the Blues can still finish above Arsenal.

Full story: The Sun 

Wolves manager Terry Connor insists he dropped Roger Johnson for footballing reasons at Stoke despite the defender's row with Wayne Hennessey during the 3-2 defeat by Bolton.

Full story: Express and Star 

Jack Rodwell

Jack Rodwell has won two caps for England

The Hillsborough Justice Campaign has refused a donation of £1,000 from comedian Alan Davies. The Arsenal fan had criticised Liverpool's refusal to play on the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell will miss Euro 2012 after suffering yet another hamstring problem.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

AND FINALLY

Newcastle's recipe for success in the Premier League is cooking a special Senegalese dish called Yassa for strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway was warned to stop swearing during Monday's 1-1 draw with Barnsley following a complaint from a supporter.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Ipswich - nicknamed 'The Tractor Boys' - have launched their new kit on a farm.

Full story: Metro